Competency Matrix for General Petroleum Engineering




Minimum Competence

Approximate Years of E&P Experience = <1

Minimum Competence

Approximate Years of E&P Experience = 5

1 Understand and use common petroleum engineering terminology. Understand general terminology common to all sub-disciplines. Understand terminology specific to the sub-discipline.
2 Identify and use relevant industry and company design standards. Identify API, ISO & Corporate. Standards & RPs exist in all sub-disciplines. Distinguish and use conventional standards specific to the sub-discipline.
3 Maintain regulatory compliance. Identify what regulatory bodies have jurisdiction and where to find documentation of the applicable regulations. Describe the essential rules and approval process relevant to the work project. Complete necessary regulatory compliance permitting and reporting specific to the sub-discipline.
4 Identify and use technical software and informational databases. Identify technical software and informational databases that exist for all sub-disciplines. Outline utility verification, limitation definition and cost benefit analysis processes. Understand and use conventional technical software and informational databases specific to the subdiscipline within Corporate Guidelines.
5 Use project management skills. Differentiate the elements (costing, scheduling, contracting, logistics, etc.) and phases (initiation, planning, execution, closure) of project management. Apply project management skills to projects.
6 Understand and apply Geoscience and Geo-mechanical principles. Discuss geoscience and geo-mechanical principles (e.g., fracture gradients, well bore stability, pore pressure prediction, gross and net pay, porosity, dip, seal to the existing terms). Discuss and apply geoscience and geo-mechanical principles within discipline.
7 Perform decision and risk analysis and contingency planning. Articulate decision and risk analysis concepts and the value of contingency planning. Conduct risk assessments and prepare contingency plans to manage risks.
8 Monitor operations and optimize performance. Clarify basic monitoring and optimization techniques. Carry out directed well operations, process, simulation or data collection optimization plans or programs. Perform conventional operations monitoring and engineering design specific to a discipline and make optimization recommendations.
9 Evaluate economics of project. Articulate basic economic principles and indicators (PV analysis, IRR, payback period, etc.). Perform economic evaluations of projects within the discipline.
10 Perform duties in professional and ethical manner. Demonstrate a clear understanding of an ethical code of behavior for the general practice of engineering. Demonstrate ethical behavior in decision making for situations typical for the discipline.
11 Promote engineering professionalism. Maintain membership in technical and professional societies and pursue professional license and/or certification. Participate actively in technical and professional societies and obtain professional license and/or certification.
12 Problem solving Solve problems by analyzing situations and apply critical thinking. Resolve problems and decide on courses of action and implement the solutions developed in order to overcome problems and constraints.
13 Verbal and Written Communication skills Effectively communicate with others in speaking and/or writing but may seek advice/editorial input from peers or supervisor. In most cases present thoughts and ideas in a clear, concise manner. Communicate with others effectively, speaking and/or in writing. Possesses and uses vocabulary required to successfully express thoughts, ideas and explanations. Presents comprehensive feedback.
14 Ability to apply scientific and technical expertise Demonstrate a basic understanding of all job knowledge skills, procedures and processes; know resources to seek guidance for clarification as needed. Demonstrate thorough understanding of all procedures and processes required to effectively perform all assignments. Very rarely needs help regarding how to execute a given assignment. When new procedures or processes are introduced, learns quickly and begins efficient application.
15 Participate in a multidisciplinary/cultural team. Ensure that your working practice conforms to decisions taken by the team. Communicate effectively with other team members and constructively acknowledge the views of colleagues. Provide clear, accurate and sufficient information on work in progress to enable another member of the team to effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities. Support other team members, as required.
16 Ability to apply interpersonal skills in the workplace Ensure awareness of interactions with others in the workplace Develop interpersonal skills (self-confidence, collaboration, listening, body language, conflict management, etc.) in the workplace
17 Understand and use promising practices that enhance equity and inclusion in the workplace Practice awareness of equity and inclusion in the workplace such as implicit and/or explicit bias and its impact on individuals and groups Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the promising practices that enhance equity and inclusion in the workplace, including ways to detect and mitigate bias in the decision-making process
18 Stakeholder Engagement and Social Performance Understand the key benefits and costs that upstream oil & gas development brings to local, regional and global communities. Classify how your company or facility impacts communities throughout each stage of a project lifecycle by identifying key stakeholders for your facility, project or company. Correlate the indices of Social Impact Assessments (e.g. when they are required, what they contain) with key performance indicators for Social Performance including their reportage in your company's corporate sustainability along the four capital dimensions in ESG ratings (see cell D19).


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